noun \bə-ˈzü-kə\

: a military weapon that rests on a person's shoulder and fires small rockets at tanks

Full Definition of BAZOOKA

:  a light portable antitank weapon consisting of an open-breech smoothbore firing tube that launches an armor-piercing rocket and is fired from the shoulder

Origin of BAZOOKA

bazooka (a crude musical instrument made of pipes and a funnel)
First Known Use: 1943

Rhymes with BAZOOKA


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Shoulder-type rocket launcher adopted by the U.S. Army in World War II. It consisted of a smoothbore steel tube, originally about 5 ft (1.5 m) long, open at both ends and equipped with a hand grip, shoulder rest, trigger mechanism, and sights. Officially named the M9A1 Rocket Launcher, it was called bazooka after the crude horn of that name used by a popular radio comedian. It was developed chiefly for attacking tanks and fortified positions at short range. The U.S. Army abandoned it during the Vietnam War in favour of lighter-weight antitank weapons.


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